Three deaths from the national park as they struggle to stay open and safe during the closure of the government
At least three deaths occurred in national parks that remained open between the closure of the government and employees acknowledge that even an investigation into one of the incidents has been drastically delayed due to a lack of workers.
Yosemite National Park in California reported Friday that a man died after falling into a river on Christmas Day, and 10 days later a spokesman said why a statement was not issued faster and the probe lasts longer than usual.
The man apparently slipped Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area above Nevada Fall, and suffered a head injury, said government spokesman Andrew Munoz.
Rangers who responded to a call from 911 came in less than an hour and pulled the unknown man out of the water.
The Texas tourist who met the man who was bleeding from his ears, and his dog also bleeding, said it took a while to get him out of the water without a stretcher.
A man died after falling on a river in the Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day when he slipped on Silver Apron above Nevada Fall (photo March 2016)
Visitors are advised not to bring pets on paths because of the danger of danger.
& # 39; Medical attention was given to the visitor, but he died from his injuries, & # 39; Munoz said.
This week, the park announced new access restrictions and several closed areas within the park due to problems with human waste, damage to sources and other concerns about public safety during the shutdown.
It was confirmed that the man was not in a confined area when he fell, but more details could only be released after the investigation was completed.
A similar incident had happened to a man in the area in the past year, with at least 10 people having died in the park the size of Rhode Island.
Crowds have driven into the park to take advantage of free access as the closure coincided with the holiday.
Non-profit organizations, companies and national governments put money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors, because the partial American government remains silent.
A non-profit organization donated more than $ 50,000 to temporarily keep 15 rangers at work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina. But a mother died on the Porter Creek Trail in Tennessee after being hit by a falling tree last Thursday
A nonprofit organization donated more than $ 50,000 to temporarily keep 15 rangers at work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina. But it is where a mother died on the Porter Creek Trail in Tennessee after being hit by a falling tree in strong wind last Thursday.
Laila Jiwani, 42, a mother of two, was with her six-year-old son who she left behind. He suffered from a broken leg.
On Christmas Eve, a 14-year-old girl ran from her parents' car to Glen Canyon's Horseshoe Bend Overlook in Utah, and when they could not find her, they contacted authorities around 17:00.
Her body was in front of the dark 700 feet of the cliff, but it meant that it could only be found the next day according to the Sheron office of the Coconino County.
Law enforcement must continue to be maintained during the shutdown service.
Support groups say that donations of money and time can fail if the budget stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress Democrats lasts much longer.
A girl (14) fell on Christmas Eve at Glen Canyon & # 39; s Horseshoe Bend Overlook, Utah
Some are calling for parks to close for the duration of the impasse, which Trump said it was Friday & # 39; months or even years & # 39; could last.
"Our national parks deserve better than a makeshift patchwork of emergency services," said Diane Regas, CEO of the Trust for Public Lands, in a letter to Trump reporting theft, poaching and accumulation of waste. human waste. & # 39; They need robust financing and full-time protection, or they need to be closed. & # 39;
Ryan Zinke, who recently took on the secretary of the ministry of interior affairs, ordered many national parks to stay open and said that visitors should not be punished for the political feud over a border wall with Mexico. During an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said that visitors should take action to keep parks clean.
• Take a garbage bag and take some garbage, & # 39; he said. & # 39; To keep them open, everyone must join in. & # 39;
The park service has made arrangements with more than 60 partner groups, concession holders and states to remove debris, restroom clearance and other basic tasks in more than 40 parks – and, in some cases, park staff on the job, spokesman Jeremy Barnum said Friday.
A donation box is on the counter while Dany Garcia speaks to visitors at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center in Everglades National Park on Friday in Homestead, Florida.
People who live near Yosemite have organized work teams, while companies in neighboring cities stimulate visitors to remove their waste.
Yosemite visitors received trash bags on Saturday and tips on how to best use the park during the shutdown, thanks to the Tuolumne County Visitors & # 39; Bureau. A recommendation: & # 39; Go before you leave & # 39 ;, a reference to the limited number of open bathrooms, said executive director Lisa Mayo.
The state of New York received the bill to operate the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument, while a private company donated portable toilets at various locations in the National Mall in Washington DC. The National Park Foundation took charge of repairing and operating the National Christmas tree.
In the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, volunteers have cleaned up garbage, cleaned toilets and added toilet paper, said John Lauretig, director of Friends of Joshua Tree.
& # 39; We are the & # 39; Toilet Paper Angels & # 39; named, & # 39; he said.
The Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland provided a free coffee, cocktail or dessert to anyone who took a full garbage bag out of the park. Spokeswoman Teri Marshall said the lodge wanted to come up with a slogan for the promotion.
& # 39; Change garbage in goodies & # 39; is where I think I might hang our hat, "Marshall said.
A visitor reads information on Friday as Everglades National Park runs on minimal resources
The Grand Canyon National Park was opened with help from Arizona, which paid approximately $ 64,000 per week to cover toilet cleaning, waste disposal and snow plowing. Anyone with permits to hike in the hinterland or raft on the Colorado River could go, but the park did not issue new permits, said spokeswoman Emily Davis.
Utah has packed approximately $ 7,500 per day from the 22nd to the 31st of December to keep the national parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches alive. Since then, the non-profit organization Zion Forever Project has committed $ 16,000 to keep a skeleton team on hand, and the bathrooms and visitor center are opening up in Zion, which attracted several thousand people every day, executive Lyman Hafen said.
It is extraordinarily demoralizing for the people in the park service who want to do their job and care for the park as they do, & # 39; said Hafen.
Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park raised $ 114,000 to keep the park open for nine days with limited service, executive executive Elizabeth Fien said. The money was used to pay law enforcement personnel and rangers, including someone who is monitoring threatened nene or Hawaiian goose.
The Death Valley Natural History Association said it would pay to keep the visitor center in Death Valley National Park open until at least Thursday. Winter is a busy time in the park that runs along the California-Nevada line and attracts visitors to the salt flats, dunes and canyons when the usual scorching temperatures are at a distance.
A support group for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan was cleaning toilets and providing a popular trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But snow-covered parking spaces were not plowed and the visitor center at Lake Michigan was closed, allowing the volunteer group to consider setting up an information tent.
& # 39; Many people who go to the park are looking for advice on where to go – which areas are good for snowshoeing and what can be dangerous, and there is no one here to tell them & # 39 ;, Kerry Kelly, the chairman of the group. & # 39; It is extremely frustrating. & # 39;
Visitors look at the landscape outside the Ernest F. Coe visitor center in Everglades Park. While the shutdown is dragging, private organizations, local businesses, volunteers and state governments are putting in money and manpower to keep national parks open
Another non-profit organization paid a private company to clean portable toilets near two popular trailheads in the Shenandoah National Park, which includes a section of the Appalachian Trail that stretches over 161 kilometers.
Some parks are closed, including Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, where a blizzard of roads made impassability. Park officials have posted on Twitter that the shutdown stopped giving money for snowplowing. In California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are closed and the Muir Woods National Monument will be closed on Monday due to overcrowded waste and human waste.
At the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the Everglades in Florida, no rangers were available to empty a metal tube, where visitors deposit $ 5 entrance fees on the honor system.
After a canoe rental company notified the notified bodies, US Fish and Wildlife Service officers emptied the money box and monitored it as part of their limited activities.
Conservation groups warned that volunteers could only offer a minimal service. Without full-time, professional staffing, natural resources and cultural artefacts could be damaged and people could be injured, they said.
The political pressure to keep the parks open should disappear so that managers can evaluate what they can protect and whether they can keep visitors safe, "says Kristen Brengel, vice president of government affairs of the National Parks Conservation Association. .